Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Blitz/Review: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery

Title: Don’t Speak

Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)

Author: Katy Regnery

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 27, 2017
Rating: 5/5 Stars


From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

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Don't Speak has become one of my top favorite books!!!  When I found out that Katy Regnery was writing this book, and it was inspired by The Little Mermaid, my world completely stopped!!  The Little Mermaid is my all time favorite favorite tale/Disney movie so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.  I had to have this book!!  Katy did a wonderful job pulling elements out of that classic fairy tale and bringing them into this wonderfully, written masterpiece!!

Laire lives on Corey Island and is the daughter of a local fisherman.  She has lived a very sheltered life.  Living on Corey Island, she is expected to live as simply as possible.  Meaning, settling down at a young age, marry an islander and have babies.  Laire was so unlike her father and two sisters.  She was more like her mother.  She had dreams, ambitions.  Laire didn't want to stay on Corey Island and settle down.  She wanted to be a fashion designer in New York.  She wanted to eventually find love.  And she found an all encompassing love that that shook her very being, and yet, it also broke her heart.  Erik was everything to her.  Then something beautiful yet scary happens to her and her family completely disowns her.  I was completely shocked over that.   What kind of family would do that.  I loved Laire and was able to connect with easily.  She was so sweet and innocent.  Everything was a new learning experience for her.  I loved reading from her POV and seeing everything in a whole new light.

Erik is the Governor's son, and his family's social status is everything to them. He is groomed and trained to follow in the footsteps of his father, but he has no interest in being the type of lawyer that is father wants him to be.  Erik doesn't do anything to change it though.  He lives the life that was chosen for him.  When he meets Laire everything changes with him.  He has this connection to her that he has never felt with anyone before.  But his family lives in a whole other world than what Laire did.  His family would not approve of her, especially is mother.  And boy oh boy, I did not like his mother at all.  She was such an awful person.  No wonder she got the name Ursula. Erk was a sweetheart.  I couldn't help but fall in love with him.  He was a person who lived in the moment and wanted to see where those moments would take him.

This story was broken up into two parts.  The first part of the story focuses on when Erik and Laire meet at such a young age.  Their whirlwind romance that changes their lives in so many ways.  The sneaking around and the secrets that had to be kept.  It was sweet and cute.  I could tell how young these two were.  The insecurities they had. How clueless they were sometimes.  I was reminded what it felt like to be at the age.  The second part focuses on Erik and Laire meeting again after a very long time.  Hurt and pain rises.  Forgiveness is given.  Revelations and secrets come to light.  Erik and Laire have changed so much in the second part of this book.  They both have grown up. They both come to an understanding as to what happened to them.  This part of the story was so beautiful, especially when Erik got the shock of his life.  Had so many teary eyed moments with this part.

I loved the relationship that Erik and Laire had.  Meeting each other changed everything for them.  They are from two different worlds.  Laire from the sea and Erik from land.  But, they agreed that they would make it work no matter what.  That they would make their own rules, and I loved that.  Now I am not a fan of insta-love.  It has to be well written for me to enjoy it, and Katy did a fantastic job with this. I almost had a panic attack when everything was a little rushed for them.  But, then I realized this is a modern day retelling of a fairy tale, and those fairy tales all have fast growing relationships!

I loved that my daughter's name was in this book!!!  Loved it so much more because of that as well.  I was very thankful and had so many teary eyed moments reading her name in this book. It is my favorite fairy tale after all!! I did feel at times though in the second part that her name was used way too much though. 

Don't Speak was everything it could be and more!!  I was not disappointed with this story at all!!  It had everything in it! Love, pain, heartbreak, secrets and so much more. Words can't describe how much I loved this book!!  Katy did a wonderful job with this modern day retelling of The Little Mermaid!  It is a definite MUST read!!!  I absolutely loved it!!!

Also Available


Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now (99c!)
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017​

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Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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